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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 May 2015 at 5:37pm
Hi John

I, a South London Secondary School sixth former who applied for a special charity grant for "educational" trips, spent 6 weeks in glorious Greece in July August 1970. I started with 2 weeks in Corfu flying with STA (student flights) and remember the hostel you photographed. The policy was you stayed for a couple of nights outdoors in sleeping bag in the grounds which was a proper motorhome-come-tent-camp site, until a place came up in the hostel which was four to a room in bunk beds. It was not too far from the town you could walk it which I did, but soon hired a bicycle.

Corfu Town I thought then was quite dullish. I was always hungry and Greek food, the fish soup etc I found disgusting, apart from moussaka did not appeal. But I survived on those little pots of ice cold rice pudding.

From there I cycled all over the island and in particular south to Kavos which of course was completely empty then. I slept in my bag on the beach. Just a tiny settlement with a few "hippies". Generally speaking it seemed to me the Greeks had their homes and villages away from the coast inland. Most of the time I just I slept in the open. Apart from Palaeocastritsa which even then was a tourist honeypot, most of the island was blissfully undeveloped and tranquil.

There was another hostel just outside Corfu town by a different road inland. It was a very big oldish traditional house which was run quite informally with a quite a buzz in the atmosphere - if you know what I mean! I am not sure whether this was listed in the YH guide book!

A mile up the road from the Kontokali YH was a small roadside tavern (or was it just somebody's home doing roadside meals and beers?) where I drank almost a whole bottle of local red wine and barely got back to my bunk bed! Never again I said at 17.

After my two weeks was up, I caught the ferry with many teenage German on board it seemed to me and no Americans or British, backpackers, to Patras which I loved, then train to Nafplion, then on to Athens and flight back with a short stay in Crete.

I was so happy to see your photos John. I have been thinking of returning...but they say "Never go back" In my case, as I hate mass tourism, that might be best. Even the Kontokali road now is dual carriage with a lot of nondescript concrete cheap development which I find quite ugly. Still, perhaps I will be climbing on board that ferry from Brindisi soon.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 May 2015 at 8:48am
Originally posted by daivd daivd wrote:


Still, perhaps I will be climbing on board that ferry from Brindisi soon.

Cheers David


Let's hope so David. Given the chance, I would have loved to have done what you did in July/August 1970, it must have been amazing. As for Corfu town being dullish and your thoughts on the food, then I suppose it's all a matter of opinions. If you do return, I'm sure you will be pleasantly surprised.     
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 May 2015 at 11:25am
Hi David,

Many thanks for your post. It made very interesting reading, for although your trip was some 7 years before mine, I "recognise" a lot of what you describe as the island obviously hadn't changed too much by the time of my visit.

I agree with your comments on Greek food in those days. Everything seemed to be lukewarm and swimming in olive oil, but as you say the Moussaka was good and is still a favourite of mine.

I also recall a taverna just up the road from the Kontokali hostel, which in 1977 was also playing "disco". The cheap Greek wine also had a similar effect on me.

In 1977 after Corfu I also travelled (by rail) from Patras to Nafplion (which I really liked, so much so a friend and I revisited it in 1983), and then onto Athens. From there I went to Thessalonika which was also nice (in spite of a dose of food poisoning!).

After our trip in 2012 which my wife and I both really enjoyed, I would definitely recommend that you re-visit the island. Sure, it has got more developed (but where hasn't?) but it still retains the charm and friendliness of all those years ago...oh, and the food has improved as well.
All the best,

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 May 2015 at 2:25pm
Hi John
In my case it was a very late night doner kebab, the one sliced off a huge rotating hunk of dripping meat, as you can see I have always been wary of street food or for that matter getting to a place late at night starving and just being forced to grab whatever was available. You have to learn these things.
But something which you must have come across on your rail journey or elsewhere in Greece, the kids running up to the carriage windows at stops with those lovely (and cheap!) lamb kishkebabs on wooden skewers, never come near to the flavour and taste since! Wonderful.
I will definitely go back at some point in the next few years. I am wondering whether the south east coast remains the most undeveloped part of the island. The north coast seems to me to be completely developed, whereas I remember it as being fairly undiscovered in the early 1970s, mainly due to lack of metalled roads. Achilleon was nice and still a Casino when I went there with limited access on ground floor to some rooms in Edwardian style. The road that run south from there was what could be described as a country lane then, but looking at map now it seems to be a main route.
I loved Patras because it had a real working town feel and seemed to be Greece "proper" after Corfu. I must say the railways in Greece then were very interesting (and hot!) and went down to Nafplion on one.
A year later I went back with a couple of mates again on bikes, we went by the "Akropolis Express" train from Munich, which went through Yugoslavia and northern Greece down to Athens, bringing our own bikes. That was some train journey with a sort of Old Western dining car on the end of the train that offered reasonably civilised conditions and cold drinks (under the seats in the ice box) and meals. 2 day journey by train. After that cycled round Greece. Firstly, Attica, remember sleeping out under the stars at Sounion. Then we headed by bike to Corinth down to Nafplion again, through the mountains via Kosma to Sparta, then gave up and got the bus to Olympia back to Patras and then Corfu.
I had the feel then that Greece was a backpackers paradise and it could be done incredibly cheap. Despite being under the Colonels then, I thought Greece was a fairly liberal country.
All the best. Once I get back I will post my impressions and how I see the changes. David

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 May 2015 at 3:26pm
http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/europe/that-summer-corfu-1973-95110.html

This might bring back a few memories, I went there first in 1975 and have visited regularly since. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 May 2015 at 12:26pm
Hi Peter
What a marvelous article. It is exactly as I remember it. There was a hippy/squat type of feel to the hostel and now getting the exact location on map, I remember the hard slog it was daily to walk in and out of Corfu Town. The bus service I never saw. But I remember the hill.

It was quite clearly a well worn stopping off point for the Round the World, or Europe for 5 Dollars a day, group of travellers. I do remember the outdoor area where the cooking was done and the music which I think was a bit tedious after a while - though nothing like the heavy beats today. This was the time, or just after, when certain celebrities, such as Leonard Cohen, were dropping out in hippy colonies on the islands.

Thanks a lot for the posting. Much appreciated, filled in missing pieces looking back. Aqualand sounds dreadful, but if it is anything like the Greece I knew, it will be hopelessly minature and silly, so not too harmful. The actual countryside round the villa at Aghios Ioannis was quite lush and lovely.

Those books were the forerunner of the Rough Guides. I have always considered Lonely Planet to be a copycat series.
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